Mills Canyon is a beautiful surprise, opening up unexpectedly in the midst of rolling grasslands. Its varied terrain includes redrock canyon, pinon, juniper, and ponderosa pine, and a cottonwood riparian zone beside the Canadian River.
|Description: Nestled amid mixed conifers and ponderosa pines, this riparian area provides an excellent outdoor setting for the physically challenged, as well as for other visitors. A stream passes through woods and meadow, while the forested slopes of Sandia Peak’s eastern face rise on three sides.|
Wildlife to Watch: Occasional viewing of Abert squirrels, the site’s official “mascots.” Good viewing of mule deer, red-naped sapsucker, Steller’s jay, warbling vireo, black-headed grosbeak, junco, western tanager, broad-tailed hummingbird, and other species. Warbler species include Audubon’s, yellow-rumped, Virginia’s, and Grace’s.
Special Tips: Part of a national recreation trail, with excellent barrier-free facilities and interpretive signs in print and Braille.
Outstanding fall colors.
Ownership: U.S.D.A. Forest Service
Closest Town: Albuquerque
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